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Secret Name

Low Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1. I Remember
2. Starfire
3. Two-Step
4. Weight Of Water
5. Missouri
6. Don't Understand
7. Soon
8. Immune
9. Lion/Lamb
10. Days Of...
11. Will The Night
12. Home

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5.0 out of 5 stars Low's Masterpiece May 28 2003
By Lee L.
Format:Audio CD
In the progression of Low albums, this record marks a significant change for the Duluth trio. Their first three full lengths, while all filled with wonderful songs, sound quite similar. On Secret Name, Low switches to Kranky as their label, and Albini as their producer. The results are incredible. This is Low coming into their own. This album shows incredible growth and a very noticable improvement in song writing and sound experimentation. They've kept living up to expectations whith their later records in my mind, but this album marks the change and it will stick with you.
I won't go into great details about each song, but this record has the highest concentration of classic Low songs of all their releases. I have yet to meet a fan that doesn't put at least three songs from Secret Name in their top-five favorite Low song list. The progression of Two-Step, Weight of Water, Missouri (sung misery), and Don't Understand is almost too much to take. Beautiful vocal harmonies and some of the most simple, but moving melodies that I've heard in a long time make up these songs.
Low always gets described as a sad sounding band, and this record is the best reason for this. However, I would disagree with this label. Low aren't for sad depressed people, they're for people with longer than average attention spans who like to sit and reflect. People that want tangible substance in their music. If you're one of these people, Low won't make you feel sad. They'll make you feel better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lush silence. Nov. 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
Low continued to grow its' indie fan base with the beautiful SECRET NAME, released in 1999. This album continues their wonderful explorations of sound and silence-often more of the latter. This band is unbelievable. Low truly knows how to get just the right sound-their quiet introspection and eerie moodiness couples perfectly with their slow tempos. This results in songs that force you to slow *yourself* down and listen to what is going on. If you need to relax and forget everything else, put on a Low disc.
SECRET NAME contains its share of beauties, the opener "I Remember" is pretty creepy while "Starfire" sounds almost like something a teenager might record in his or her bedroom on their boombox. It has a lilting quality to it despite the sorrowful strings in the background. "Two-Step" is a beautiful showcase for Mimi Parker's restrained optimism while "Weight Of Water" is equally depressing. "Don't Understand" is a throwaway, an instrumental with loops a la the Beatles "Tomorrow Never Knows". It has no lyrics and serves no purpose. It sounds like it would fit better on a SQUAREPUSHER or recent RADIOHEAD album. "Soon", "Immune", and "Lion/Lamb" are just *gorgeous*. The simple chordal structures work perfectly. "Home" is lovely, with its string backing. Overall SECRET NAME is a powerful album, done by slo-core's banner-wavers.
Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars shredder, charge the capacitors! we're going in. Oct. 30 2000
By sammy
Format:Audio CD
what i like most about low is the atmosphere they create and the mood they put me in. this is actually one of my favourite ever albumns. the song s are different from their earlier stuff; "...dead pilot" etc., in that they are perhaps a little more classically structured. the songs seem to touch me on a personal level, as opposed to a sub-conscious one. no i'm not saying the others put me to sleep, it's just the best way i can think of describiing this honest, humble recording.
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4.0 out of 5 stars do yourself a favour March 17 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
... and purchase this album, but get it on lp. for one, it comes with two extra tracks and for another, it's gorgeous on two-lp gatefold vinyl and perfect to just sit in your bedroom on a sad, snowy night and drop the needle onto.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Snow Jan. 22 2000
By PJFC
Format:Audio CD
It is snowing outside and this stupid city is for once silent.
This is a Low moment.
The vocals of Mimi Parker and Alan Spearhawk are drifting around.
I'm going to bed.
(I wish I had the discipline to write a haiku describing this feeling, but this record makes it a little redundant.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars So easy. Anyone could have done it. Sept. 15 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Unreal. This band is getting the beautiful sound bands have struggled to obtain by spending more and more money in the studio, hiring orchestras, and getting the best producers. Difference is, Low is just laying out some tracks. This album sounds like it was recorded in a few hours. But it is so beautiful I can't put it away. Great music if you like to listen to slow stuff. If you don't maybe you should.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret treasure Aug. 18 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Low since "Long Division." This album harks back to their earlier work -- almost baroque compared to the nakedness of some tracks from "Songs for a Dead Pilot." Particularly mesmerising is "Two Step" and "Weight of Water" -- reminiscent of listening to my mom vacuum on a rainy day, with Carole King playing on the stereo.(and I mean that in a good way.)
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